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Bradshaw students donate to fill care packages for soldiers in Iraq

Bradshaw Mountain Middle School students from Laura and Rick Russos' classes receive an Award of Appreciation from Gold Star Mother Jasmine Crowl thanking them for sending 84 Christmas care packages to members of the U.S. Army 4-227 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion in Iraq. Back row, from left, are Max Doll, sixth-grade teacher Laura Russo, William Arnott, Jonathan Quinonez, Sydney Swann, and Cidney Hodge. Front row are Kaylie Sleigher, Michelle Molina, Karleigh DeLeon, and Devin Littlejohn.<br>
Trib Photo/Sue Tone

Bradshaw Mountain Middle School students from Laura and Rick Russos' classes receive an Award of Appreciation from Gold Star Mother Jasmine Crowl thanking them for sending 84 Christmas care packages to members of the U.S. Army 4-227 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion in Iraq. Back row, from left, are Max Doll, sixth-grade teacher Laura Russo, William Arnott, Jonathan Quinonez, Sydney Swann, and Cidney Hodge. Front row are Kaylie Sleigher, Michelle Molina, Karleigh DeLeon, and Devin Littlejohn.<br> Trib Photo/Sue Tone

Laura and Rick Russo, teachers at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, combined classroom efforts this past semester to give U.S. military personnel serving overseas a lift.

Students donated a variety of snacks and toiletry items that went into Christmas care packages to the women and men of the Army 4-227 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion in Iraq.

Lt. Col. Randall Haws received all 84 packages and said hundreds of soldiers benefited from the student's kindness and concern.

"Mere words cannot express and are not equal to the gratitude that we all feel for your kindness and thoughtfulness," Haws wrote.

Gold Star Mother Jasmine Crowl and her husband Glenn organized the effort, and packed and mailed the boxes.

Jasmine Crowl sent two awards - one to the classrooms as a whole, and one to Karliegh DeLeon who wrote 48 Christmas cards to go into the boxes. All the students wrote letters, said Laura Russo, who teaches Language Arts, and several received a response back from soldiers.

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